Our farmhouse that we lived in for 20 years had been built in the 1870’s by Hubby’s great-grandfather, Valentine.
Of course, the septic system wasn’t that old when we moved there, but it was old! So, it was inevitable that we would have problems with it from time to time.
The first time we had a problem (and I won’t go into detail … don’t bother to thank me), we looked in the phone book for a company that dealt with such things. And we found one whose name inspired confidence in us … Golden Rule Septic Company.
We called and asked them to come out ASAP (because when your septic system isn’t working, it is realllly important to get it working again fast!), and that was the beginning of a long, happy relationship between us and the father and son who were Golden Rule.
The first time they came out, we were a little surprised that they were black. I don’t know why, but it just seemed to us, since septic systems are predominantly in rural areas, and most of the rural people in this area are white, that the people who would be experts at dealing with that rural system would be white too. But, let me tell you, I don’t know where Dad and Son lived, but they did know “septic”! Every time they came to our rescue, they found the problem, fixed it, were pleasant but professional while they were there, and always charged us a fair price.
Twice we had to call them on holidays. That shouldn’t surprise any of us, because, after all, isn’t that the way things usually work? If something is going to break, it will be on a weekend or holiday!
I especially remember the time the system stopped working on Christmas Day, just hours before Hubby’s large extended family would converge on our house for Christmas dinner!
I called Golden Rule hoping, but doubting, that even they would be willing to come out on Christmas Day. Well, I shouldn’t have doubted. They came to our house immediately, worked quickly and efficiently to find the problem and fix it (which always required digging out in the yard where the septic tank was — not an easy job even in warm weather, but cold, hard work in December!) and then were even reluctant to take the tip we wanted to give them because we so appreciated them coming out on Christmas day.
When we moved to this house six years ago, one of the great things we really appreciated, and still do, is city water and sewers. But, there is one downside … we no longer have a reason to deal with Dad and Son at Golden Rule Septic Company.
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31
The great father and son team who named their company “Golden Rule” didn’t just say it, they lived it!